Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy battles for possession with Limerick’s  Graeme Mulcahy at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s unusual a match ends up playing out as most people expected. Limerick were up to a point nearly as good as they could have been. They come up sho(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly celebrates the breakthrough  Leinster final win over Galway last summer. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Anthony Daly talks about a player being “mad for road” that normally means they’re going in the right direction. For Danny Sutcliffe that road i(...)

Kilkenny’s Aidan Fogarty is tackled by Galway’s Andrew Smith at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17 An intriguing but predictable encounter in Tullamore ended with yet another affirmation of Kilkenny’s almost feral instinct(...)

TJ Reid scores the first of his two goals past Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan during the Leinster SHC semi-final replay at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17Kilkenny restored order to their season having made all the right changes before this evening’s GAA Leinster hurling semi-fin(...)

Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell and Andrew Smith of Galway square up last week at O’Connor Park. Smith and Iarla Tannian will have to ensure they focus primarily on their hurling in the replay if Galway are to prosper. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It became a cliché going into last week’s match that Galway are unpredictable but even so what happened still managed to surprise. As I said immediate(...)

Galway’s Jason Flynn and David Burke in action against Kilkenny’s  Kieran Joyce last week. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Former hurler of the year Michael Fennelly may yet make an appearance for Kilkenny in this evening’s Leinster hurling semi-final replay despite having(...)

 Niall Burke scores Galway’s opening goal despite the attention of  JJ Delaney and goalkeeper Eoin Murphy of Kilkenny during the  Leinster SHC  semi-final in  O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 5-16 Kilkenny 3-22Not content with testing your heart-rate, this old game often insists on testing your credulity. So it was here, as Henry She(...)

JJ Delaney: the multi-decorated and outstanding defender will man the full back berth for Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. Photo: Dara Mac Donaill

The arrival of Sky Sports has drummed up more interest in this fixture than might otherwise have been the case given the disparity between the counti(...)

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy will line out for UCC in the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final against CIT. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A very big weekend dawns for UCC in Queen’s Belfast, as the Cork college goes for a third successive Fitzgibbon Cup and a first doubl(...)

Henry Shefflin will be starting out on his 15th season with the Kilkenny senior hurlers when he lines out against Clare in the counties’ opening National Hurling League game tomorrow. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has followed through on his undertaking to try out new faces in this season’s league. For Sunday’s match against All-Ir(...)